I stayed here from the 19th of June until the 29th of June with some family members. I booked this hotel due to its number one status for hotels in Antalya on Trip Advisor. It certainly doesn't deserve that !
There are positives & negatives to this hotel so I will start with the negatives. We booked a family suite & after being upgraded to a family suite in the Barut Arum last year I expected a very good room. We were disappointed to see it was nothing like the room we had there. It didn't have a lounge & we had dead bugs on the balcony & the floor obviously hadn't been moped for a while as it was very dusty. The bathroom wasn't cleaned properly the whole of our stay.The beds were also uncomfortable & hard. We also had plagues of ants which we reported several times & the cleaners never put enough ant powder down or cleaned them up properly. If we hadn't arrived late on in the evening we would of asked to change rooms straight away & I wish we had after that. It was certainly a disappointment after the Arum. We had room 2421.
The hotel had a beach buggy which ran from 9.00 until 18.00. This was great & the drivers were lovely. However the beach buggy should have run from 8.00 until 19.00. The beach is a long walk from the hotel & annexe & sometimes it would of been more useful to have an earlier start & a later finish.
The reception were generally moody & weren't too keen on our reporting the ants. They were miserable even when we checked in. The guest relations team were much more helpful on the I issue of the ants.
The restaurant bookings system is useless as the computers very rarely worked & the guest relations desk was only open from 9.00 until 12.30pm. This meant there was a huge queue every time you wanted to book in one of the restaurants. If the hotel sorted out the computers this situation wouldn't happen. You could also only book two days in advance for the restaurants which didn't help the situation either.
Now on to the good points. The beach, pool & outside areas were lovely & the staff in the restaurants were very good & happy to help at all times. The animation team were also good & the party night was one of the best shows I have ever seen in a hotel that is similar to this one. The food & choice of food & restaurants were excellent & apart from one evening the food was faultless. The bars were also good as were the staff.
The spa was beautiful & one of the best I've been in & had plenty of choice of treatments.
The hotel is in a good location & only 15 minutes from the airport. We booked through Classic Collection & we did one trip with a private guide & that was very good despite the heat. I would certainly recommend Classic Collection & our guide Ahmet was wonderful & very patient.
I wouldn't return to the Lara Beach & won't be recommending it to people. The one thing I would say it would certainly be a good hotel for people with younger children. The children's club seemed to be very good.
This hotel was really good value for money as Turkey is in general.
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- Also Known As:
- Barut Lara Resort Spa And Suites
- Barut Lara Hotel Antalya
- Hotel Barut Lara
- Lara Resort Spa
- Barut Lara Turkey